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The 

Southeast News 

OF, BY AND FOR CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTIAN CHURCHES 



VOLUME 4 ■ NUMBER 5 



FEBRUARY, 1956 




A Challenge to Christianity 

by the Honorable Francis B. Sayre 

(Mr. Sayre, who was for five years U. S. High Commissioner to the Philippines, has served more 
recently as the personal representative in Japan of the Rt. Rev. Henry Knox Sherrill, Presiding 
Bishop of the Episcopal Church. To accept this appointment, he resigned as U. S. delegate on the 
United Nations' Trusteeship Council with the rank of Ambassador. Thus, as diplomat and churchman 
he speaks from first-hand knowledge of the spiritual and physical needs of those in other lands.) 



We are living today in a gener- 
ation more challenging, perhaps, 
than any since the Reformation. 

In the new world which we are 
building we are coming to realize, 
partly as a result of the monstrous 
tragedies of two World Wars, part- 
ly as a consequence of the fast- 
growing interdependence of na- 
tions and of peoples, that all men, 
whatever their background or the 
color of their skin, are of a single 
human family. 

We are learning that lasting 
peace, with a civilization that will 
prove enduring, cannot be had in 
a world built upon exalted nation- 
alism, imperialism and Nineteenth 
Century colonialism. Lasting 
peace can be built only upon hu- 
man brotherhood. 

This is what Christ was trying 
to make men understand 1900 
years ago. It is this that constitutes 
the very cornerstone of Christian- 
ity. 

Today our post-war internation- 
al experiences are beginning to 
turn men's minds in this same di- 
rection. 

In the critical days at the close 
of World War II, we found it nec- 
essary to build an international 
organization, UNRRA, to bring 
help and food to the suffering peo- 
ple in the wake of the retreating 
and ravaging German and Japa- 
nese armies. 

One of the experiences I can 
never forget was our visit in 1945 
to the remote mountain villages of 
Greece from which the people had 
been driven by the destroying Ger- 
man armies before their retreat. 
We watched the half-starving 
Greek peasants returning to their 
ruined villages, and saw them up- 
lifted to a new vision of human 
brotherhood by UNRRA workers 
helping them to rebuild their rav- 
aged homes. 

The New World of our time, 
now in the making, stands poised 
and trembling between the mes- 
sage of Jesus Christ — belief in 



the supreme power of the spiritual 
over the material, in the sacred- 
ness of human personality, in the 
living presence here and now of 
an overruling God — as against 
such godless thinking as the Com- 
munists proclaim — faith in ma- 
terial might as the supreme power 
in the world, a belief in the right 
of the strong to enrich themselves 
by exploitation of the weak, and 
the seeking of an international so- 
ciety based not upon human wel- 
fare but upon each nation's sep- 
arately seeking its own selfish ob- 
jectives. 

Today in the Far East, the So- 
viet Union — like a great reser- 
voir — is piping out streams of con- 
taminating Communism through- 
out Asia. The developing situation 
in Asia comes to us with a distinct 
shock. Only a tiny fringe of peo- 
ple in Asia today are Christian. 

China, with its 450 millions of 
people, already has become engulf- 
ed in Communism. In Red China 
the older Christian generation is 
dying off; youth is being forced in- 
to Communist ways of thinking. 
The very life of the message of 
Christianity there is today at 
stake. 

In India, out of a population of 
some 375 millions, less than 9 
millions are Christians — less than 
three percent. In Thailand, less 
than two percent of the popula- 
tion is Christian. 

The great Mohammedan world, 
extending through Central and 
Western Asia, through Iran and 
Arabia and Pakistan, and, on the 
northern shores of Africa, through 
Egypt, Algeria and Morocco, con- 
tinues seemingly almost untouch- 
ed by the impact of Christian mis- 
sions. 

Japan is yet a power to be reck- 
oned with.The Japanese people to- 
day — disillusioned, frustrated, 
questioning — sense the need of 
a new way forward. Will it be the 
way of Christianity? 

Do Christians realize that a 



third of all the people in the world 
are already engulfed in Commun- 
ism? Communism is a fighting 
faith. It is steadily advancing. 

Christianity in great areas of 
Asia is being throttled. 

In the face of our secular Twen- 
tieth Century civilization, tempes- 
tuous and spectacular, what can 
Christians actually do to build a 
better world? 

Christians surely must be work- 
ing on many fronts. There is no 
field of human endeavor in which 
Christianity cannot play a dramat- 
ic and uplifting part. 

Among the most appealing of 
these is the challenging work of 
American Christian denominations 
through Church World Service in 
ministering to human want. 

Our minds go back to Christ. 
Surprising as it may seem, He 
spent the greater part of His min- 
istry not in the building of church- 
es or the organization of religious 
groups, but in manifesting His love 
through the healing of stricken 
men and women, helping for love's 
sake to meet sore need. 

Today in vast areas of Asia and 
Africa, men and women are suffer- 
ing and dying in want and hunger. 
They lack the help which perhaps 
only we can give. 

Not long ago I was in South Ko- 
rea. Never have I witnessed such 
stark and widespread human need. 
Men, women and children lack el- 
emental human necessities — shel- 
ter, food, clothing, medicine. Thou- 
sands and thousands of refugees 
have had to flee with their families 
from their homes, stripped of all 
belongings and with no means of 
earning their livelihood. 

Countless thousands are living 
in boxes of houses, roughly con- 
structed of cardboard, scraps of 
frayed tin roofing, broken boards 
and refuse, without plumbing or 
windows or other necessaries — 
dirty, unkept, unsanitary, impos- 

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Architectural Counsel 

Dr. John R. Scotford, nationally 
known consultant on church build- 
ing, will be in tne boutneast Con- 
vention area from Feb. 2b tnrough 
March 9 for a series of institutes 
and individual counselling on 
church building. Dr. Scottord's 
itinerary is in cnarge of the Rev. 
Joe A. French, chairman of the 
SEC Committee on Evangelism, 
Stewardship and Missionary Edu- 
cation, which is sponsoring these 
institutes. 

Dr. Scottord's Itinerary 

Feb. 26 — Brookmeade, Nash- 
ville, Tenn. 

Feb. 27 — Pilgrim, Chattanoo- 
ga, Tenn. 

Feb. 28 — Pilgrim, Birming- 
ham, Ala. 

Feb. 29 — Liberty, East Tal- 
lassee, Ala. 

March 1 — First, Douglas, Ga. 

March 2 — Pleasant Hill, Gail- 
lard, Ga. 

March 3 — First, Columbus, 
Ga. 

March 4 — Langdale, Ala. 

March 5 — Hillside and Unit- 
ed, LaGrange, Ga. 

March 6 — Huguley, Lanett, 
Ala. 

March 6-7-8 — Institute on 
Church Architecture at Lanett, 
Ala. 

March 9 — Atlanta, Ga. 

Pastors and laymen of nearby 
churches are urged to contact the 
host pastor if they wish to attend, 
or to have Dr. Scotford visit a 
nearby church. 

Peering Summer School 

The Deering Summer School for 
Congregational Christian Pastors, 
sponsored by the Board of Home 
Missions, will be held at Deering, 
New Hampshire July 1 1 to Aug. 1. 

Application blanks will be sent 
out to ministers indicating their 
desire to attend this summer. A 
few have already notified the Su- 
perintendent that they would like 
to attend, and there is a limited 
number of applicants that can be 
accepted. 

Dr. Truman B. Douglass is 
Dean again this summer, and the 
faculty will include Dr. B. Davie 
Napier of Yale, Dr. Roger Shinn 
of Vanderbilt, Dr. Browne Barr of 
Yale, Dr. Robert W. Spike, Dr. 
Wesley A. Hotchkiss, the Rev. Ev- 
erett Parker, Dr. Harry T. Stock, 
and Dr. Howard E. Spragg. 



The Minister And The Income Tax 



(Excerpts from information com- 
piled by the American Baptist 
Convention) 

Allowable Deductions 

Automobile Expenses : to be de- 
ducted from cash salary — expens- 
es of car as estimated used profes- 
sionally over against personal use. 
This is apt to run 70% or 85%. 
Depreciation for cost of car should 
be spread over four years, that is 
if car cost $1,600, $400 a year 
may be taken as depreciation. If 
a second-hand car is purchased, it 
may be depreciated over two or 
three years. Keep a record of all 
expenses of gasoline, repairs, up- 
keep and operation, insurance. 

Contributions: Keep a careful 
record of all contributions, the a- 
mounts and to what organizations 
paid. Deductions for contributions 
are permitted up to 20% of ad- 
justed gross income; up to an ad- 
ditional 10% is permitted for 
contributions to churches, tax-ex- 
empt educational institutions and 
tax-exempt hospitals. 

Interest: Interest on mortgage 
on a home, on personal debts, on 
personal loans, on instalment pur- 
chases. 

Taxes: Real estate taxes, state 
income tax, personal property tax, 
auto and driver's license fees, state 
or local retail sales taxes. Gasoline 
tax may be estimated. One cannot 
list here gasoline taxes which are 
included in automobile expenses 
deducted under professional use of 
car. 

Losses: Value of property stol- 
en and not covered by insurance; 
loss by fire, storm damage or flood, 
damage to automobile not covered 
by insurance. 

Medical and Dental Expenses: 
If such expenses exceed 3% of 
the adjusted gross income the ex- 
cess is deductible. Such expenses 
include cost of medicines and 
drugs that exceed 1% of adjusted 
gross income; fees paid to doctors, 
dentists, nurses, hospitals, conva- 
lescent homes, X-ray examinations 
or treatment; medical or surgical 
appliances, such as surgical belt, 
hearing aid, invalid chair, orthope- 
dic shoes, etc. (if not reimbursed 
by insurance). 

Professional Expense: Profes- 
sional books and magazines — de- 
duct full amount of normal ex- 



penditures; cost of office and study 
equipment (if large, to be deprec- 
iated over several years ) ; cost of 
office supplies, stationery, postage, 
etc.; cost of professional clothing, 
such as pulpit robe. If a room is 
set aside in the home for a study- 
office, pro rata expenses may be 
deducted for maintenance — for 
example 1/7 of expenses of a 7- 
room house for light, heat, insur- 
ance; and a proportionate estimate 
of expense of telephone for pro- 
fessional use. Expenses of attend- 
ing religious conferences, insti- 
tutes (not reimbursed by the 
church) and dues to professional 
organizations; entertainment ex- 
penses for entertaining church 
groups or visiting speakers in your 
home or elsewhere. Keep a careful 
record of dates and itemized ex- 
penses. 

Ministers Tax Timetable 1956 

April 16 — File declaration of 
estimated tax for 1956 and pay 
one-fourth; or, if you paid the one- 
fourth of estimated tax on Jan. 16, 
file final return for 1955 and pay 
balance due or take credit for ov- 
erpayment. 

June 15 — Pay one-fourth es- 
timated tax for 1956. 

Sept. 17 — Pay one-fourth es- 
timated tax for 1956. 

Jan. 15, 1957 — Either a) pay 
the fourth one-fourth for 1956, or 
b) file final return for 1956 and 
pay balance due. 

Declaration of estimated tax fil- 
ed in April may include estimated 
Social Security Tax. This, in ef- 
fect, will enable you to pay your 
Social Security Tax as well as your 
Income Tax quarterly. 

Further, you will find it makes 
for ease to be somewhat generous 
in estimating your tax when you 
file the declaration. Then, when 
you come to the final quarter's 
payment you will not be embar- 
rassed with an unusually large 
payment. 

(This material on ministerial 
deductions for income tax was 
sent to the SEC by the Rev. Rus- 
sell T. Loesch, and we hope it 
will be helpful to ministers of the 
Convention.) 

Men believe that willingly 
which they wish to be true. — 
Caesar 



THE SOUTHEAST NEWS 

Entered as Second Class matter at the 
Post Office of Atlanta, Georgia 

Published monthly by and for 
the churches of the 

SOUTHEAST CONVENTION 

of Congregational 

Christian Churches 

673 Piedmont Avenue N. E. 

Atlanta, Ga. ATwood 2558 

Single Subscription $1.75 per year 

Group Subscription $1.50 per year 

STAFF 

Rev. Erston M. Butterfield, Supt. Editor 

Rev. Annie Campbell, Minister Chris- 
tian Education 

Mrs. Ed A. Albright Registrar 

Mrs. Jettie Logan Promotion 

Volume 4 February 1956 Number 5 

The Church Must 
Make A Difference 

I should like to see our denom- 
ination have the reputation of be- 
ing outstandingly community 
minded; concerned for a strategic 
churching of the city and the 
countryside; an advocate for slum 
clearance and soil conservation; a 
spokesman for the dignity of la- 
bor and the sancitity of the soil; 
enemy of juvenile delinquency 
wherever it exists; loyal supporter 
of the public schools and all other 
agencies making for community 
health; articulate in praise of good 
government and in denouncing 
flagrant dishonesty and corruption. 
The list is merely illustrative. 
What I am saying is that the 
Church must be vital, must make 
a difference, must be informed, 
must be intelligent, must bear 
witness. For we shall commend 
ourselves to the community by 
what we are — not by what we 
claim to be. 

— Stanley U. North 

The Rev. Annie R. Campbell, 
Minister of Christian Education 
for SEC, was elected secretary- 
treasurer of the National Council 
of State and Regional Directors of 
Christian Education at the Mid- 
winter Meeting. 

Belief consists in accepting the 
affirmations of the soul; unbelief, 
in denying them. — Emerson 



The S. 0. S. In Action One Great Hour Of Sharing 



The following excerpts from a 
letter signed "Your grateful mis- 
sionary" tell the story straight 
from the field where surplus foods 
and vitamins have been shared 
through us. The letter comes from 
Lillian Pickens, Nasrapur Spirit- 
ual Life Center, Nasrapur, Poona 
District, India. 

"At present there are nearly 300 
children in our fine Primary 
School, out of whom more than 
half are certified by the doctor as 
needing 'special feeding'. So they 
get skim milk, calcium, iron and 
multivitamins as required. In ad- 
dition to those on the rolls of In- 
fant Welfare Centers at Waduth 
and Satara (90 infants) the 
health visitors also give milk at 
Friendship Center in the city, and 
now 200 at Waduth in our extra 
feeding program. Much of the milk 
comes from Church World Serv- 
ice. How we. thank God for it as 
well as for the cheese and butter 
oil that has recently begun to 
reach us. 

"Oh, if you in America could 
only realize how much good-will 
and good health is being built up 
round the world by these gifts of 
surplus food, and your own sacri- 
ficial gifts of soap and food and 
clothing. It is helping to build 
strong bodies and brains, and to 
combat communism as nothing 
else can do for it is the love of 
Christ in action. It does more than 
volumes of sermons to touch the 
hearts of the underprivileged who 
are longing to grow strong enough 
to help themselves and others." 



Once more we are approaching 
"One Great Hour of Sharing", 
which comes this year on March 
1 1th. Its observance is growing 
among our churches and it has be- 
come an indispensable part of Our 
Christian World Mission. 

The need for this special appeal 
is undiminished. We rejoice at all* 
that has been accomplished in the 
year just passed; but while the 
fires of hatred or natural catastro- 
phe may die down in some areas, 
they break out only too easily and 
with renewed fierceness in others. 
The recent unprecedented floods 
in India, and the inexplicable riots 
in Istanbul are two outstanding 
examples of such unanticipated 
catastrophes. These have challeng- 
ed all of us through whose minds 
there run the recurring words "In- 
asmuch as ye did it — or did it 
not — unto one of the least of 
these, my brethren ..." 

Through our own Service Com- 
mittee and agencies like Church 
World Service and the World 
Council of Churches, with which 
the Service Committee cooperates, 
we all have a chance, a glorious, 
thrilling chance, to help. In His 
Name that help is carried to peo- 
ple so remote they fear themseves 
forgotten, and often so bitter or 
bewildered that they doubt even 
God's care. But He does care, and 
through One Great Hour you and 
your people can make that divine 
care humanly effective. 
Earl H. Ballou, Executive Secy. 
Congregational Christian 
Service Committee 



New Format For Southeast News 



Subscribers will note that the 
Southeast News has a NEW 
LOOK this issue! For some time 
we have been discussing a change 
of publishers' in order to have a 
more modern, easier-to-read type 
and a three-column layout. This 
was recommended to us by Rev. 
Everett Parker, of the national Of- 
fice of Communication. Mr. Par- 
ker has made a study of this phase 
of "communications" and is con- 
sidered an authority nationally. 

Another factor in the decision, 
and a most important one, is that 
the magazine will be printed here 
in the South instead of way up in 
Michigan — The Roanoke Lead- 
er of Roanoke, Ala., is the publish- 



er. Thus we can now read proof 
on the magazine and this will 
mean fewer errors. Also, the cost 
of publication will be less per is- 
sue, making quite a saving on the 
twelve issues per year. 

But of course we would rather 
have the magazine actually READ 
by the subscribers — if it isn't read, 
then it isn't worth the time, effort 
and expense of publication. So let 
us know how you like it, and give 
us your criticisms and suggestions 
for ways to improve it. 

When in God thou believest, 
near God thou wilt certainly be. — 
C. G. Leland 



SUPERINTENDENT'S PAGE 

"Seeing, Reading and Remembering" 



The title of my page does sound 
a little strange, but please read all 
three columns and you'll find why 
I'm concerned about "seeing, read- 
ing, and remembering". 

First, though, look at the pic- 
ture. That's real snow and at least 
Miss Annie was shivering. The pic- 
ture was taken in front of the Inn 
at Buck Hills, Pa., where this year's 
Congregational Christian Midwin- 
ter Meetings were held from Jan. 
27 to Feb. 2. Included in the meet- 
ing were representatives of the 
Women's Fellowship, Laymen's 
Fellowship, Colleges and Seminar- 
ies (Dean Benton of Vanderbilt 
School of Religion attended but 
was not on hand when we took the 
picture), and Conference Conven- 
tion and National staff personnel. 
These meetings are workshop 
sessions in which all groups help 
in laying plans for the advance- 
ment of Our Christian World Mis- 
sion for the coming year. This win- 
ter our theme was "Workmen Un- 
ashamed" and our text II Timothy 
2:15. You'll be hearing more of 
this important meeting in the next 
issue of the Southeast News from 
your other representatives, so now 
let's get back to that strange title 
at the head of the page. 

Every minister and church lead- 
er gets lots of mail. Much of that 
mail comes from the various 
Boards and Committees of the na- 
tional fellowship. Almost all of 
that mail is important, or it would 
not have been sent. Every envel- 
ope brings important information, 
news, announcements, or printed 
materials with a story to tell. It is 
expected that the ones receiving 
these communications will do 
something or at least pass the in- 
formation along to the congrega- 
tion or the logical local church 
group. 

But, too often, the mail gets 
side - tracked by ' the minister, 
church clerk, treasurer, board or 
committee chairman and the infor- 
mation is lost and the job never is 
done. We know far too little about 
the workings of the larger fellow- 
ship — what's going on and why, 
and one of the big reasons is that 
we just don't see, read and remem- 
ber our mail, the pamphlets on the 
literature table, or even the South- 
east News ( surely everyone receiv- 



ing the Southeast News reads it 
from cover to cover!). 

Well, anyway, we know there is 
a bottleneck somewhere because 
information is just not getting 
through. To find out why, the Rev. 
Armstrong Hunter of the Missions 
Council staff made a study. Last 
week he reported the findings of 
that study to the Superintendents 
for our enlightenment and amaze- 
ment. Here's what was found: 

"A sample of 30 Congregation- 
al Christian pastors was interview- 
ed concerning the printed mater- 
ials which they read and used. 
Each pastor was shown 67 pieces 
of material sent out by the boards 
and agencies and was asked ques- 
tions about each, such as: 

— do you remember this item? 

— did you read it? 

— if not, what did you do with 
it? 

— do you remember what it 
said? 

— did you do anything as a re- 
sult of reading? 

"The number of pamphlets 
which any one pastor remembered 
seeing varied between 6 and 48. 
The number of pamphlets read 



varied between 3 and 30. Those 
pamphlets of which any one pastor 
remembered the contents varied 
between 1 and 28. 

"In the majority of cases pam- 
phlets which had not been read 
were either filed or destroyed, but 
in some cases where a pastor had 
not read a piece he had passed it 
on to lay leaders, such as the S. S. 
Supt., the women's or PF presi- 
dent, or to Finance and Missionary 
Education committees, trustees, 
etc. In other cases the pastor plac- 
ed the piece on literature tables 
or in the pews on Sunday morning 
without having first read it him- 
self. 

"One pamphlet had not been 
seen by anyone at all! Twenty- 
eight pamphlets were considered 
by those who read them to be ask- 
ing for action. The number who 
considered this action important 
varied between 9 and 19. From 1 
to 16 pastors did something as a 
result of reading these pamphlets!" 

Oh, me! And we send out so 
much mail from this office, to say 
nothing of all that goes direct from 

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Left to Right: Rev. Annie Campbell, Mrs. Arnold Slater, Miss 
Marguerite Davison, Rev. Clyde Flannery, Mrs. Frank Gordon, Supt. 
Butterfield, Mrs. Raymond Berry and William Frank Gordon. 




Southern Union News Challenge To Christianity 



Reuben J. Cooley, SUC Dean of Labor, 
with Miss Maggie Lossie from Chero- 
kee, N. C. Maggie teaches basket weav- 
ing, and will be happy to visit church 
groups in the area. 

Professor Yoh Honored 

Southern Union College has re- 
ceived word from the National 
Poetry Association, Los Angeles, 
that the poem "Silence," written 
by Professor Robert C. Yoh of the 
college faculty, will be included in 
the National Anthology of Poetry, 
soon to be published. The selection 
was made from over eight thou- 
sand manuscripts submitted by in- 
structors, professors and librarians 
all over America. 

Mr. Yoh is in his second year 
on the SUC campus. He teaches 
English Composition, Literature 
and Art; directs the college choir; 
and is faculty advisor to two stu- 
dent publications: the Southern 
Unionaire, a weekly news sheet, 
and the Bison, the yearbook. 

Before coming to Southern Un- 
ion, Mr. Yoh taught in public 
schools in Vermont. He is an or- 
dained minister of the Congrega- 
tional Christian churches. Several 
of his writings have been publish- 
ed by religious magazines and he 
is the author-composer of a three- 
act musical comedy, "The Sign of 
the Unicorn," which has been pre- 
sented by professional and little 
theater groups in New England. 

With malice toward none; with 
charity for all; with firmness in the 
right, as God gives us to see the 
right. — Abraham Lincoln 

6 



A new committee, composed of 
students and faculty, has been or- 
ganized for the purpose of promot- 
ing the college. The group meets 
weekly to discuss advertising me- 
dia, promotional ideas and to eval- 
uate public relations techniques. 
Douglas Wasson, director of pub- 
lic relations at SUC, is chairman 
and the group is called the "Public 
Relations Advisory Committee." 
Other faculty members are Presi- 
dent Clyde C. Flannery, College 
Chaplain Carl J. Landes and Re- 
gistrar Alta I. MacLaren. Student 
members are Miss Billie McGlawn, 
Kenneth Murphree, Maynard Fos- 
ter, John Hodges, Ralph Knight 
and Julius Heath. 

Students and faculty from the 
college visited with the Senior 
classes of a selected group of high 
schools in the east central section 
of Alabama on Feb. 1. The pro- 
gram is known as "Southern Union 
Day" and is a part of a concerted 
effort to acquaint high school stu- 
dents with the school program. 

Counties visited included Ran- 
dolph, Chambers, Coosa, Tallade- 
ga, Cleburne, Calhoun, St. Claire, 
Clay, Chilton, and Tallapoosa. The 
program was organized and spon- 
sored by Dean Albert Van Cleave 
and Douglas Wasson. 

Twelve delegates from the col- 
lege attended the annual meeting 
of the Council of Southern Moun- 
tains, Inc., at Gatlinburg, Tenn., 
Feb. 8-11. While at the meeting 
the SUC delegates studied the 
Christian motivation as the under- 
girding force for all institutions 
and individuals at work in Appa- 
lachia. Dr. Robert Metcalfe of 
Crossville, Tenn., was chairman 
this year. 

Those attending were Misses 
Billie McGlawn, Nanci Lingner, 
Billie Ruth Smelley, and Jackie 
Bass; Julius Heath, Doyle Green, 
Robert Bain, Lawrence Manning, 
Gordon Denney, and James Kim- 
brough. The Rev. Carl J. Landes 
and Douglas Wasson accompanied 
the group. 

"Message from Khufu," a dra- 
matic one act play by Stewart Cot- 
man and LeVerne Shaw, was pre- 
sented by an all male cast at the 
SUC student assembly on Jan. 20. 
Coleman Brooks played the role 
of the professor of archeology and 
Tom Shreve, Jack McGlawn and 
Julius Heath were the "helpers." 



(Continued from Page 2) 

sible. Disease and epidemics wait 
around the corner. 

Some one hundred thousand or- 
phans in South Korea are home- 
less, with no one to care for them. 
They are on the streets, begging 
or stealing. Their resulting moral 
future is ominous to contemplate. 

In South Korea, apart from the 
thousands of disabled soldiers, 
more than 20,000 civilian ampu- 
tees — men, women and children 
— have lost one or both arms or 
legs in the bombing of cities and 
villages. The sight of those little 
boys and girls lying in hospital 
cribs or on the streets with only 
stumps for arms and legs wrings 
one's heart. 

I wonder if Christianity ever 
before faced quite such a challenge 
of appalling human need? 

Throughout Asia and Africa and 
the Middle East are areas of heart- 
breaking need. In some of these, 
life expectancy at birth is only 32 
years. One out of every three ba- 
bies dies before its first birthday. 

Those suffering from malaria in 
Asia today equal the total popula- 
tion of the Western hemisphere, 
and every year some three million 
of these sufferers die. 

The United Nations Food and 
Agriculture Organization reports 
that fully half the world's people 
are still inadequately housed, 
clothed and nourished. 

The Mohammedan world is not 
meeting this tragic far-flung need. 
Neither is the Buddhist world. Nei- 
ther are the Hindus. 

Were Christ living today, in the 
face of the appalling need, is there 
any doubt which way He would 
turn? Would He not be, as of old, 
feeding the hungry — those hungry 
in body as well as in soul — bring- 
ing help to individual suffering 
men and women? 

Is it not the clear duty of the 
Christian churches to lead the 
way? Should not the Christian 
churches be working even more 
powerfully along the lines which 
Christ taught 1900 years ago? 

Church World Service, on be- 
half of the Protestant Churches of 
America, on behalf of you and me, 
is doing just that. To peoples suf- 
fering and in sore distress, many of 
them uprooted and driven from 
their homes, Church World Serv- 
ice, in humility and love — and 



Council For Social Action 

February is the month in which 
our denominational emphasis is 
centered in our Council for Social 
Action. A simple description of the 
functions and mission of CSA is 
found in the following statements : 

"The functions of the Council 
for Social Action are to help the 
church make the Christian Gospel 
more effective in society, national 
and world-wide, through research, 
education and action." 

"In the interplay of two forces 
(the Christian Gospel and the 
World) we have our mission — to 
translate the Gospel into the de- 
cisions of man in society so that 
he will belong to God and to his 
brother, and to reform the forces 
of society and re-direct its currents 
th£t it may heal and not destroy 
people." 

These statements are part of 
the report to the Missions Coun- 
cil by Dr. Ray Gibbons on the 
work of CSA last year. 

Summer CSA Institutes 
The Summer CSA Institutes 
will be held this year as follows: 
Framingham, Mass., July 24-28; 
Chicago Theological Seminary, 
Sept. 10-14. 

These Institutes are of interest 
to all persons of the Church, and 
especially helpful to pastors, social 
action leaders, chairmen of church 
committees and study groups. The 
cost of room, board and registra- 
tion is about $20 per person. 
^ 

in tangible terms — is interpret- 
ing the Spirit of Christ. 

To those in deep distress gov- 
ernment agents can minister to 
the body. But not to suffering 
souls. Here lies rare work for the 
Christian churches, uniting many 
Communions in a unique service. 
Such work deserves our best sup- 
port. 

It is entirely through our indi- 
vidual help and support that 
Church World Service functions. 
If the Christians of America give 
it the assistance and financial help 
it asks, the world may gain a new 
understanding of what Christ's 
love can mean against distress and 
disaster. 

God can build His Kingdom on- 
ly with the help of human hands 
and hearts. He is waiting today in 
this challenging crisis of history for 
our help. 




DEDICATION OF UNION GROVE CHURCH 

On Jan. 15 the congregation of 
Union Grove Church of Haleyville, 
Ala., dedicated their newly rebuilt 
Sanctuary. It has been enlarged 
from thirty by forty to thirty by 
fifty-eight feet, and completely 
brick-veneered outside and finish- 
ed with knotty pine inside. Two 
new Sunday School rooms have 
been added; one for the nursery 
department and the other for the 
juniors. Gas heat has been install- 
ed. 

The work was begun Aug. 8 and 
completed, except for some minor 
finishing, on Nov. 11. The total 
cost was around $4,000, and this 
with an active membership of only 
sixteen. 

Although the present member- 
ship is small, the possibilities are 
very good for growth. The church 
is going immediately to two ser- 
vices every third Sunday with two 
services on the first Sunday to be 
added in the near future. 

The dedication service began 
with short messages by Dr. Guy 
Colbert, pastor at large in North 
Alabama, and the Rev. Robert 
Shelton, former pastor. Then the 
present pastor, the Rev. Earnest 
Shelton, called on Dr. Colbert, as 
chairman of the Committee on 
Ministry and Churches, to preside. 
After the services a fellowship din- 
ner was enjoyed. 

Church officers are as follows: 
Church clerk, P. M. Pulliam; 



Reverends Colbert, E. Shelton, 
and R. Shelton 

Board of Deacons — P. M. Pulliam, 
Elton Hill and C. L. Nations. 

The Building Committee is 
composed of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. 
Nations, Mr. and Mrs. Pierce Pull- 
iam, Mrs. Hazel Kemp, and Mrs. 
Pearl Hill. 
— Mrs. Pierce Pulliam, Reporter 

For more than a thousand years 
the Bible, collectively taken, has 
gone hand in hand with civiliza- 
tion, science, law; in short, with the 
moral and intellectual cultivation 
of the species, always supporting 
and often leading the way. — Co£ 
eridge 

All I have seen teaches me to 
trust the Creator for all I have not 
seen. — Emerson 











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Home And Family Life 

Many of our finest hopes are 
fostered first in the home and fam- 
ily. With the help and guidance of 
the Church they become realities. 
Thus the world is drawn close to 
Christ and His way of life. To do 
God's will is an inevitable and 
compelling desire in the hearts of 
men, although individually we may 
often falter. 

Families fall into four groups: 
1) Newly married, without child- 
ren; 2) Expanding families, with 
children up to 18 years; 3) Con- 
tracting families, where children 
are away at school, at work, or 
married; 4) Static families, with 
unmarried children over 18, with 
no children, widow, widower or 
single adults. 

The family centered church 
helps develop church - centered 
families who: 1) Establish within 
the home a sense of Christian val- 
ues which are the foundation for 
all decisions and actions; 2 ) Share 
actively in the church life and pro- 
grams; 3) Provide a democratic 
atmosphere in which members 
learn respect for the opinions and 
personalities of others; 4) Play to- 
gether by planning family vaca- 
tions, picnics, hobbies, etc.; 5) 
Worship together through grace at 
meals, special observances or fam- 
ily prayer; 6) Realize that its life 
and possessions are the gifts of 
God and therefore share its time, 
treasure, and talents; 7) Grow in 
understanding and practice of the 
Christian Faith through study, dis- 
cussion, worship and action. 

The family centered church 
plans its program to include: 1) 
Counseling, with young couples 
getting married and families alrea- 
dy established; 2) Worship, pro- 
viding meaningful experience for 
all age levels; 3) Study and dis- 
cussion groups — boy-girl reation- 
ships, preparation for marriage; 4) 
Church school, for all ages with 
strong emphasis on the home-half 
of the program; 5) Service, with- 
in the local church and throughout 
the world with opportunities for 
all members to participate; 6) Fel- 
lowship, through a variety of Fam- 
ily Nights, picnics, camps — where 
all members share together in 
play, work or worship; 7) Resour- 
ces, for family worship, loving and 

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Mrs. Keck To Speak At Rallies 



A Congregational Christian lay 
leader in South Dakota during the 
days of the "black blizzards, 
drought and grasshopper invas- 
ions," as well as among the Indian 
Americans of that state, Mrs. Sam- 
uel W. Keck, now of Bronxville, N. 
Y., will speak at the Pilgrim Fel- 
lowship meeting in Chattanooga 
March 17-18. She will also serve 
in a panel discussion and partici- 
pate in the workshop sessions. 

From Chattanooga Mrs. Keck 
will begin a tour of the Southeast 
Convention as the speaker for the 
Women's Rallies from March 19 

SPRING RALLY SCHEDULE 

The Spring Rallies of the Wo- 
men's Fellowship will be held from 
March 19 through March 30, with 
each local district president in 
charge of the rally. In Georgia, 
Mrs. Wm. Frank Gordon will re- 
port on the Midwinter Meeting, 
in Alabama Mrs. Raymond Berry 
will give the report, and Mrs. Ar- 
nold Slater will report to the Ken- 
tucky-Tennessee women. All three 
attended the meetings. Mrs. Gor- 
don is Georgia president, and Mrs. 
Berry and Mrs. Slater are vice- 
presidents of Alabama and Ken- 
tucky-Tennessee respectively. The 
Rev. Annie R. Campbell will ac- 
company Mrs. Samuel W. Keck, 
the guest speaker for all rallies. 

March 19 — North Georgia 
Rally at Demorest Federated 
Church 

March 21 — Central Rally at 
Woodbury Jones Chapel Church 

March 22 — South Georgia 
Rally at Tifton First Church 

March 24 — South Alabama- 
NW Florida at Headland Black- 
wood 

March 26 — Central Alabama 
Rally at Eclectic Watson Chapel 
(night meeting) 

March 27 — East Alabama Ral- 
ly at Lanett Church (night) 

March 29 — North Alabama 
Rally 

March 30 — Kentucky - Ten- 
nessee Rally at Pilgrim, Chatta- 
nooga 

'At each rally a dedication ser- 
vice for Woman's Gift will be held, 
and an interesting program has 
been planned with local church 
groups participating. 



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Mrs. Samuel W. Keck 

through March 30. 

Mrs. Keck, whose husband was 
Superintendent of South Dakota 
and is now with the denomination- 
al ministerial relief board in New 
York, made her home in Rapid Ci- 
ty, where 3500 of the 25,000 pop- 
ulation are Indian Americans. 

When the depression and 
drought of the thirties with dust 
storms and grasshopper pests hit 
South Dakota, Dr. Keck, with more 
than 175 churches in his care, was 
faced with a reduced staff. The 
same thing happened during World 
War II when so many ministers 
went into the chaplaincy. Through 
all these critical days Mrs. Keck 
worked shoulder to shoulder with 
her husband, often pinch-hitting 
in churches where there were no 
pastors and for fifteen years speak- 
ing in some church almost every 
Sunday. 

The Kecks had a varied parish 
in South Dakota, which included 
three types of Congregational 
Churches: English-speaking, Ger- 
man and Indian. They also admin- 
istered the Board of Home Mis- 
sions budget to the Indian church- 
es and for nine years worked close- 
ly with these churches, becoming 
well acquainted with the social, ed- 
ucational and religious problems 
and opportnuities among them. 

We spend entirely too much 
time trying to find out what the 
trouble is with everybody else. 



Church News . . . 

The Rev. and Mrs. Raymond 
Berry of Andalusia Antioch 
: -^y Church, held their annual open 
house the first Sunday in January. 
Mrs. Berry served refreshments 
and the afternoon was enjoyed by 
all who attended. 

Our Adult Bible Study group 
has a question box in which every- 
one is invited to ask a question on 
any part of the Bible. Each per- 
son is given one question and ex- 
pected to answer it the following 
Sunday night. This question-and- 
answer series has aroused much in- 
terest and is building up attend- 
ance. 

A separate devotional is now 
held for the younger children be- 
fore Sunday School. They meet 
with their teachers and Mrs. Berry 
for a fifteen-minute devotional, 
and we begin at 9:45 in order to 
have more class time. A perfect at- 
tendance program has been started 
and we hope to give out many 
three-month pins and continue it 
indefinitely. 

The Women's Missionary So- 
ciety had the pleasure of seeing 
the Woman's Gift film-strip re- 
cently. We were happy to have 
the Coldwater and Andalusia First 
groups see it with us. 

— Winnie Dye, Reporter 
* * * 

On Jan. 22 a service of ordina- 
tion and installation of deacons, 
deaconesses and trustees was held 
at the Andalusia First Church. 
Conducting the service and bring- 
ing the message of the evening was 
the pastor, the Rev. Scott Morris 
Jr. 

All the boards in the church or- 
ganization have recently been re- 
vised and reorganized. The new 
Board of Deacons and Deaconess- 
es consists of B. D. Locklier, Hil- 
ton Blackmon, Grover Scott, Earl 
Threatt, Alfred Adams, W. M. Kel- 
ley, Mesdames Grover Scott, Le- 
Roy Peevy and Earl Wilson. The 
Deacons ordained at this time were 
Hilton Blackmon, Eajl Threatt, 
and Y. M. Kelley. The entire 
board was installed in this service. 

The Board of Trustees installed 
at this same service consisted of 
Arkie Poison, Glenn Brunson, O. 
C. Graves, John Fore, LeRoy Pee- 
vy and W. A. Andress. 

The pastor's message for this 



service was entitled "The Servant's 
High Calling". 

— Scott Morris Jr., Pastor 
* * * 

The United Church of Phenix 
City continues to publish an inter- 
esting monthly Newsletter. The 
January issue reports that receipts 
for the first quarter (Oct., Nov., 
Dec.) were over $3,200. If the 
rate of giving continues there will 
be a gain of $4,000 for the year. 

The congregation is maintain- 
ing its tempo of adding and im- 
proving the equipment and build- 
ings. Here are some of the things 
since last November: outside 
sound system in bell tower, speak- 
er and microphone system in the 
sanctuary and nursery, electric hot 
water heater in kitchen, paint and 
papering in classrooms, floodlights 
over pulpit and choir in the sanc- 
tuary, an Addressograph machine 
and file system for the church of- 
fice, four tables for the dining hall, 
fifty chairs, five new church road 
signs bought and erected. 

The Rev. John Crutcher said, 
"These things, and others, can be 
added to our church because of the 
visionary giving of consecrated 
Christian church people like ours." 
* * * 

The annual business meeting 
was held at Dorcas Church, Crest- 
view, Fla., on Jan. 4 and the fol- 
lowing officers were elected: 
Clerk, Mrs. Pearl M. Powell; trea- 
surer, Mrs. Maureen McCallum; 
financial secretary to the treasur- 
er, Mrs. Amy McCallum; reporter, 
Miss Lenora McCallum; supt., 
Mrs. Pearl M. Powell; asst. supt., 
Ollie B. Gatlin; secretary, Miss 
Lenora McCallum; Deacons, W. 
W. McCallum, Allen Hart and 
Charles Wilkins; Deaconesses, 
Mrs. Grace McCallum, Mrs. Lula 
Hart and Mrs. Annie Wilkins; 
Trustees, Alex Hinote, Alex Mc- 
Callum, E. C. Bowden, John Pow- 
ell, and S. D. Boothe. An installa- 
tion service for these officers was 
held on Jan. 15. 

February will begin a new plan 
for the northwest Florida church- 
es. The present pastor, the Rev. 
Ralph Worley, will serve only two 
churches — Dorcas and Good Hope, 
with each church having two Sun- 
days per month services instead 
of one. 

— Lenora McCallum, Reporter 



Evarts First Church held its an- 
nual meeting on Jan. 11, and re- 
viewed the accomplishments of 
the past year, as well as making 
plans for the year ahead. New of- 
ficers were elected as follows : Mrs. 
Audrey Van Pelt, clerk; Walter 
Asher Jr., treasurer; Miss Doris 
Turner, benevolence treasurer; 
Mrs. Dennis Ball, financial secre- 
tary; Miss Betty R. Pace, corres- 
ponding secretary; N. B. Smith, 
church historian; Mrs. T. C. Link- 
ous, organist; and W. A. Buckner, 
choir director. 

Orbin Coleman, C. L. Howard 
and J. H. Turner are Deacons; and 
Deaconesses are Mrs. N. B. Smith, 
Mrs. Hallie Repass, Mrs. Dorothy 
Jody, and Mrs. E. L. Vaughn, 
Deaconesses Emeritus. 

The Board of Trustees consists 
of Ernest Ray Smith, N. B. Smith, 
Jim Sergent, Carson Coleman, and 
E. L. Vaughn. 

Church School officers are Miss 
Ethel Wyatt and W. A. Buckner, 
superintendents; Mrs. Wilma Ash- 
er, secretary; Miss Wanda Row- 
land, assistant secretary; and Mrs. 
John Cox and Mrs. Charles Sco- 
ville, PF advisors. 

The church budget for 1956 has 
been set at $5,546, with $360 for 
OCWM. 

There are two PF groups, and 
two Women's Fellowship circles — 
all with good records of Achieve- 
ment in the past year. Mrs. W. E. 
Peirce is president of Circle No. 1, 
and Miss Ethel Wyatt is president 
of the Lois Vincent circle. 

— from the annual church report 
* * * 

The Oak Grove Church of Chip- 
ley will have a special service Mar. 
11 to dedicate the chancel and 
furnishings and re - decorating of 
the church, which has recently 
been painted on the exterior and 
interior. New light fixtures and 
windows have been installed, and 
pews with cushions were purchas- 
ed. 

Superintendent Erston M. But- 
terfield will preach the morning 
sermon, and Dr. David W. Shep- 
herd, former superintendent of the 
Southeast Convention and also 
former pastor of Oak Grove 
Church, will speak at the after- 
noon service and conduct the dedi- 
cation. Plans for remodeling were 



made during his pastorate which 
are now completed. 

The afternoon service will be- 
gin at 1 :30 p. m., and nearby pas- 
tors, former pastors and friends of 
the church are cordially invited to 
attend. The Rev. Henry C. Weaver 
is the pastor. 

* * * 

The congregation of Union Hill 
Church of Pearson held its regular 
quarterly meeting Jan. 11 and 
heard the reports of the pastor, 
officers and departments. Robert 
E. Bazemore was elected to the 
office of trustee to serve until the 
annual meeting. Six new members 
were voted upon and accepted in- 
to the church membership. The 
pastor, the Rev. Dixon Stimpson, 
proposed a number of recommen- 
dations and goals. 

It was decided to start a Dea- 
con's Fund immediately and pro- 
vision was made for the financing 
of the fund. To assist tithing, en- 
velopes are being purchased and 
distributed. The church is taking 
steps to incorporate within the 
laws of the state and a constitution 
and by-laws are being considered". 
It was agreed to secure necessary 
evangelical literature and under- 
take a Lenten Visitation program. 
The pastor set a goal of 50 new 
members for the year. Church 
promotional data will be distribut- 
ed to acquaint the community with 
Congregational Christian history 
and policy. It was also agreed to 
purchase and use bulletins for the 
worship service. 

Another important step was the 
decision to inaugurate a bookkeep- 
ing system for finances and to sys- 
tematize the registry of members. 
The congregation approved the 
suggestion that the church work in 
close cooperation with other de- 
nominations in the area. 

Before adjourning it was unani- 
mously decided to elect all dele- 
gates and alternates well in ad- 
vance to all association, conven- 
tion or conference meetings so 
they might be fully informed and 
instructed and could best reflect 
the attitude of the church. 

A walnut, cross and candle hold- 
ers were dedicated at the morning 
worship service Jan. 8. This altar 
set is so placed as to direct the 
thoughts of the worshippers to the 
altar and its significance. 

Three members by letter, two 



by re-affirmation of faith and one 
by baptism and confession were 
welcomed into Christian fellow- 
ship Jan. 15. The Sacrament of 
the Lord's Supper was observed 
at that time. 

The Men's Club has been reor- 
ganized, and met at the parsonage 
Jan. 5. The club purchased a re- 
frigerator for the parsonage and 
planned two projects — the pur- 
chase of a typewriter for the 
church and the building of the 
Deacon's Fund. Four non-mem- 
bers of the church were present 
and assisted in the program. Tavell 
Courson and Herman Sears were 
elected president and secretary- 
treasurer, respectively. 

A class in the study of the Bible, 
Its Books and the Men Who Wrote 
Them, has been started by the pas- 
tor to supplement the Biblical 
Theology taught by lay-minister 
H. Yancey Sears. 

— Dixon Stimpson, pastor 
* * * 

Under the leadership of our pas- 
tor, the Rev. W. M. McCullars, 
and with the help of church mem- 
bers, West Point Bethel Sunday 
School rooms are ready for classes. 
Heaters were installed, and we are 
going forward rapidly on finishing 
the kitchen. 

Our Sunday school is showing 
much growth and improvement 
under the superintendent and as- 
sistant superintendent. 

The Women's Missionary Circle 
continues to grow in interest and 
membership, and attendance at 
our regular services and prayer 
meetings is also increasing. 

— Mrs. Will Aaron, reporter 

Waycross, Williams Chapel 
Church is another of the forward- 
looking churches of the Southeast 
Convention that has begun a 
monthly news bulletin to be mail- 
ed out to all members and friends 
of the church. The news bulletin 
is sponsored by the Laymen's Fel- 
lowship. 

The building fund of the church 
has grown to the amount of 
$2,458, as of December 31. Clar- 
ence E. Blount is treasurer. 

The Women's Fellowship of the 
church has been active since its 
organization in 1932. At times 
there have been only a few mem- 
bers, but it has continued its work 
and has now grown to two groups 



of women. Both groups have sever- 
al projects, and are helping with 
the building fund. 

Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Griffin were 
elected counselors for the Pilgrim 
Fellowship, and the group is pro- 
gressing under their leadership. 
Edward Knight Jr., Larry Knight, 
Genette Sweat, Joyce Thomas and 
Harriet Shaw attended the Youth 
Rally in Tifton recently. 

The pastor and Mrs. Knight, 
Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Long, Charlie 
Griffin and Miss Marie Griffin 
went to Douglas for the Workers 
Council meeting. 

— Williams Chapel News Bulletin 

* * * 

The Vanceville Church, near 
Tifton, is sponsoring one of the 
children in the Elon Orphanage — 
a six-year-old boy named Eugene 
Ray. They sent him a package for 
Christmas, and will remember him 
on Easter, his birthday and other 
special occasions. 

The Women's Fellowship has 
increased in number and interest 
since a Men's Fellowship was or- 
ganized in the church to meet on 
the same evening. 

Our younger PF group will have 
a sweet potato patch for the church 
this year. Mrs. W. A. Hand offered 
the land and will help the children 
hoe. Mr. A. J. Mixon will do the 
plowing. 

A-2C Arthur B. Hand, who has 
been in Greenland the past 12 
months, spent 30 days with his 
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Hand, 
returning to his base in San Anton- 
io, Texas on Dec. 6. Airman Hand 
has been a faithful member of this 
church since he was a small boy. 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Allen had 
all their children home for Christ- 
mas — three sons and one son-in- 
law in the service. Johnny is sta- 
tioned at Ft. Bragg, N. C; Bobby 
in California; and Billy at Albany, 
Ga. J. H. McKuen is also at Al- 
bany. The eldest son and son-in- 
law have recently been discharged 
and are home to stay now. 

— Mrs. Rosie Hand, reporter 

* * * 

The United Church of LaGrange 
had many and varied activities 
during the year 1955 and plans 
are under way for a bigger and 
better 1956. 

The Women's Missionary Fel- 
lowship is quite active and with 
other groups of the church gave 



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J 956 European Seminar 

The Council for Social Action 
announces plans for the European 
Study and Travel Seminar, which 
will leave New York on June 30 
for a 38-day visit to France (4 
days), Germany (6 days), The 
Soviet Union (10 days), Finland 
(4 days), Sweden (3 days), Hol- 
land (3 days), England (6 days). 

Official assurance from the So- 
viet Embassy has been given that 
members of the Seminar can have 
the necessary visas. The U. S. State 
Department is cooperating. 

The cost of the Seminar is 
$1595, and leaders will be Dr. 
Herman Reissig and his wife, 
Frances Reissig. 

Additional information is avail- 
able from the Convention office or 
from the Council for Social Action 
office, 289 Fourth Avenue, New 
York 10, N. Y. 

The Bible is a book of faith, and 
a book of doctrine, and a book of 
morals, and a book of religion, of 
special revelation from God; but 
it is also a book which teaches man 
his own individual responsibility, 
his own dignity, and his equality 
with his fellow man. — Daniel 
Webster 

Confidence always pleases those 
who receive it. It is a tribute we 
pay to their merit, a deposit we 
commit to their trust, a pledge that 
gives them a claim upon us, a kind 
of dependence to which we volun- 
tarily submit. — La Rochefoucauld 

assistance to others at Thanksgiv- 
ing and Christmas. 

Our choir, with Mr. Hollis Tid- 
well as director and Mrs. Tidwell 
as organist, presented a beautiful 
candlelight program on Dec. 18 
with our pastor, the Rev. John E. 
Pickens Jr., as narrator. On Dec. 22 
the choir went carolling for shut- 
ins and older members of the 
church. 

We are looking forward to the 
coming of Dr. Dennison in Febru- 
ary to conduct -a Stewardship In- 
stitute. A revival has been planned 
for March. Our motto is " A Strang- 
er Only Once," and a cordial invi- 
tation is extended to everyone to 
worship with us. 

— Mrs. John Laubenthal, reporter 



PILGRIM FELLOWSHIP NEWS 



PF MEETING MARCH 17-18 

Pilgrim Fellowship groups all 
over the Southeast Convention are 
making plans to attend the second 
annual convention-wide PF meet- 
ing, to be held this year at Pilgrim 
Church in Chattanooga, Tenn. 

The program committee has 
planned an interesting and worth- 
while session, and featured speak- 
ers will be Supt. Erston M. Butter- 
field, Dr. Paul Reynolds, Mrs. 
Samuel Keck of New York, Rev. 
Raymond Berry and other out- 
standing leaders. 

The program registration 
blanks and full information will be 
mailed out to all groups very soon. 
Early registration is most urgent- 
ly requested. 

Each PF group may have four 
official voting delegates plus the 
adult advisor. Visiting delegates 
are welcome, but will have to 
make their own housing arrange- 
ments, as the Pilgrim PF can on- 
ly take care of the delegates. 

The cost will be $3.50 each, 
which includes registration and 
the banquet. 

On Jan. 14-15 a Senior PF 
weekend rally was held for South 
Georgia young people at the Tif- 
ton First Church. Leaders were 
Millard Fuller, SEC president of 
PF; and the Reverends Dixon 
Stimpson, Goff Bedford, and Hen- 
ry Abbott. 

Discussion groups were led by 
Millard, the Rev. Bedford and the 
Rev. Stimpson, and the Rev. Ab- 
bott preached for morning wor- 
ship. 

* * * 

A meeting of the PF groups of 
Central Georgia was held on the 
afternoon of Jan. 15 at the United 
Church in LaGrange. Miss Debor- 
ah Brewster, coordinator of the 
work of the Student Council on 
Religious Activities at Auburn Un- 
iversity, was guest speaker. Work- 
shops were led by Millard Fuller, 
Bill Green and the Rev. Annie R. 

Campbell. 

* * * 

The Wadley District PF rally 
was held Jan. 22 at Elder Church 
in Dadeville. Guest speaker was 
Judge Coley, Probate Judge of 
Tallapoosa County, who spoke to 
the group about the young people's 
part in Christian work. 

Workshops on the three com- 



missions were held, led by the Rev. 
Annie R. Campbell, Millard Fuller, 
and V. R. Dobson. Albert Van 
Cleave led the group in games, and 
refreshments were served by the 
host church. Miss Campbell show- 
ed an interesting film on work 
among the Indian Americans — 
their problems and their hopes for 
the future. 

— Gloria Blair, Reporter 
* * * 

On Jan. 1 the Hunt Memorial 
PF elected new officers: Hugh 
Jones, president; Shirley Blair, 
vice-president; Joyce Pemberton, 
secretary; Jane Riley, treasurer; 
Dora Pemberton, reporter; Ralph 
Jones, action chairman; Gloria 
Blair, faith chairman; and Roger 
Whitley, fellowship chairman. 

On New Year's Eve we had a 
party from seven until twelve, 
playing games and enjoying re- 
freshments. At twelve we ended 
the party by ringing out the old 
year and ringing in the new. 

— Dora Pemberton, Reporter 

U. C. Y. M. 

A movement is underway to or- 
ganize a state-wide United Chris- 
tian Youth Movement, and the fol- 
lowing members of the Southeast 
Convention attended the initial 
organizational meeting held on 
Jan. 19: the Reverends Henry C. 
Weaver, John E. Pickens Jr., An- 
nie R. Campbell and Miss Martha 
Starrett. Miss Starrett was also a 
member of the steering committee 
which planned the meeting held 
at the Wesley Memorial Building 
in Atlanta. 

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the national boards to our church- 
es! 

Thank goodness, not all is just 
"filed or destroyed." Our Program 
of Progress is doomed for sure un- 
less we can get more ministers, 
and people in our churches, to take 
their mail seriously. It's a little 
late for New Year's resolutions, I 
know, but why not make one any- 
way: "I solemnly promise to open 
all my mail, seeing, reading, and 
remembering what it says, and 
then take the necessary action so 
the right people — all the people — 
can have an effective share in the 
glorious task that is ours in Our 
Christian World Mission." 

. — Erston M. Butterfield 



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Charleston is one of America's 
oldest and most historic cities, still 
retaining some of the atmosphere 
of the 18th century. Many houses 
of that era still stand along its nar- 
row, crooked streets. 

The Battery, or water front, is 
the fashionable driving and prom- 
enading place. Walks and drives 
are lined with palmettos and offer 
views of the harbor with its his- 
toric forts, wharves and various 
kinds of vessels from cargo steam- 
ers to sailboats. 

Charleston is famous for its gar- 
dens, almost unbelievably lovely, 
particularly in the height of the 
blooming season — mid-March 
until mid-April — although the 
gardens are usually open for a 
longer period and have some 
plants blooming at all times. 

Points of Interest 

Battery Park, overlooking the 
harbor and containing cannon and 
other relics of American wars and 
monuments. 

Old Exchange Building, now a 
museum containing historical ex- 
hibits. 

Cabbage Row, original of the 
"Catfish Row" of Heyward's novel 
"Porgy" and the operetta, "Porgy 
and Bess." 

Gateway Walk (Garden Club 
of Charleston), offers an interest- 
ing walk through cemeteries and 
gardens and past many points of 
interest. 

Old Powder Magazine, oldest 
building in the city (1703). Con- 
tains' museum of historical mater- 
ial. 

Old Slave Exchange, the old 
Charleston slave market, renovat- 
ed and used as a museum for Ne- 
gro industries and curios of slave 
days. 

Charleston Museum, oldest in 
U. S., it contains a fine collection 
of arts, crafts', furniture, textiles 
and implements used in South 
Carolina from earliest days. 

The above are only a few of the 
many interesting points in Charl- 
eston. There are also many old 
churches and gardens. 

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TENTATIVE PROGRAM OF ANNUAL MEETING 

SOUTHEAST CONVENTION OF 
CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTIAN CHURCHES 

April 23-24-25, 1956 

Theme: "With Love and Grace Divine"; Hymn: "God of Our Fathers" 
Scripture: I Corinthians 16:13-14 RSV 



The meeting will be called to 
order by the Moderator, the Rev. 
Archie Bedford, at 7:30 p. m. on 
Monday, April 23. Mr. Bedford 
will welcome the delegates, tell 
something of the history of histor- 
ic Circular Church, and the Chap- 
lain, the Rev. Raymond Berry, will 
lead the opening worship. Dr. 
Thos. Anderson will speak on "The 
Congregational Christian Message 
in the South." 

On Tuesday, April 24, the ses- 
sions begin at 9:00 a. m. with 
worship led by the Chaplain and 
the first business session with staff 
and committee reports. Dr. Albert 
Buckner Coe, Moderator of the 
General Council, will speak on 
"Our Churches in American Life." 

The fellowship meetings this 
year will be luncheons, held separ- 
ately for the Women's Fellowship 
with Mrs. M. B. Porter presiding 
and Mrs. Wm. Emil Wissman as 
speaker; and for the laymen with 
Wm. Frank Gordon presiding and 
Walter Graham, Executive Secre- 
tary of the National Laymen's Fel- 
lowship, as the speaker. All minis- 
ters are invited to attend this lun- 
cheon. 

The afternoon session on Tues- 
day will reconvene at 2:30 p. m. 
for the second business session, 
with Odell Yancey, the moderator- 
elect, presiding. Reports will be 
given from the fellowships, Mr. 
Graham will address the delegates 
and then the meeting will be dis- 
missed for tours of city — either 
walking tours or bus tours, as pre- 
ferred. 

At 7:30 p. m. the evening ses- 
sion will begin with worship by the 
Chaplain, and a processional of 
groups in native garb representing 
the areas of major concern where 
the denomination is at work. The 



script for this procession will be 
prepared and read by Supt. Ers- 
ton M. Butterfield. 

Dr. Coe will again address the 
convention, with closing worship 
by the Chaplain at 9:00 p. m. 

Wednesday morning will begin 
with the opening worship at 9:00 
a. m. and the final business ses- 
sion. A Service of Installation of 
the elected officers and committee 
chairmen will be held, and a Ser- 
vice of Remembrance, followed by 
the Service of Communion, with 
adjournment at 11:30 a. m. 

Each church is entitled to three 
voting delegates, and churches 
with membership over 100 may 
have one additional delegate for 
each 100 members. All ministers 
are voting delegates. 

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growing within the home — books, 
pamphlets, etc. 

Would you say your church is 
a family centered church? If not, 
would you like to make it so? 
Would you like to have materials 
and ideas for any of the following? 
a) A Home and Family Life pro- 
gram for your Women's Fellow- 
ship; b) Family Worship at Home; 

c) Graces to be said at meal time; 

d) Reading to be done by the fam- 
ily together; e) Copy of "A Par- 
ent's Prayer"; f ) Family Nights at 
your church. 

If you would like any of these, 
write to your conference president 
and it will be sent to you. 
— Mrs. Wm. Frank Gordon, Pres. 
Georgia-S. C. Women's Fellowship 

(Note: Mrs. M. B. Porter, co- 
ordinator of women's work for the 
Southeast Convention, has asked 
various state presidents and lead- 
ers in women's work to write ar- 
ticles for Southeast News. One will 
appear each issue.)